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CV! Part 192 – It’s Our Birthday again! (Wed-Thurs-Friday the 13th)

CV! Part 192 – It’s Our Birthday again! (Wed-Thurs-Friday the 13th)
TRAVEL ALERT! DO NOT TRAVEL! Really, please just StayTheFuckHome! 

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Remembering my little girls today.
May their memory be blessed!
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12:20am: And so it begins, we still haven’t eaten.
We took the dog outside. We drank an iced espresso.

1:01am: We banged out breakfast for dinner and just consumed it.
And we took the dogs outside one more time.

On The Menu: Breakfast Burrito made with 3 eggs over medium, bacon,
and a quesadilla with salsa; carrot sticks, cherries, and another iced espresso.
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7:07am: We woke up early again. We took the dog outside.
We played with the dog. We published our DoNotTravelTuesday Blog Post.

It’s NATIONAL SON’S AND DAUGHTER’S DAY (“None that we know of….”)
so, we’ll just move along today.

8:00am: Dogs barking. The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed.

10:30am: Drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
Got the newspapers and the mail.
11:15am: We ate a banana.

It’s NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL GOP TRAITOR JOKE DAY:
(at least we can almost joke about Trump again)
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TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL CON MAN!
AND TRUMPERS ARE LOSERS AND SUCKERS! “That’s all today.”

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

2:55pm: We fell asleep and took a nice nap.
And now the gardener is here again.

Recapping Wednesday evening. We ordered a dinner delivery.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The food arrived.
We ate dinner, watched “Jeopardy”, and then fell asleep.

On The Menu: Chinese food. Kung pao chicken, chicken and stringbeans,
orange peel beef, chicken egg rolls, steamed rice, and an iced espresso to drink
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

11:30pm: We woke up. We took the dog outside.
And now we’re updating our Blog Post.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is real and not a joke.
There were coyotes outside the house yesterday morning and tonight.
It’s been five years (2016) since the little girls
were killed by coyotes in our fenced backyard.
We also have some nasty raccoons in the neighborhood,
and we saw the really fat one out front this morning too.
(and we can hear them in the ivy and bushes outside at night)
There’s also a big hawk, a mated pair of hawks, and two owls that hunt at night.
And the hawks perch in the neighbor’s tall pine tree during the day too.

So we are chillin’ with the dog, and he’s being adorable and cute.
He was sleeping at our feet, under the desk,
and now he just moved next to us and is sleeping in his play bed.
The other dogs are sleeping in their houses the bedroom.
And it’s Thursday morning, just past midnight.
Sarah Silverman is guest hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tonight.
And she’s killin’ it. And Guillermo tested positive for COVID-19!
So he’s quarantined at home, and hasn’t been on the show this week,
but he made a remote appearance today during the monologue,
and Sarah sent him a get well gift: a jumbo-sized bottle
of Don Julio tequila and 6 big bags of Flaming Cheetos.

It’s NATIONAL RASPBERRY BOMBE DAY! 
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Thursday, August 12, 2021
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES!
Happy birthday to us! Let the celebration begin.

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“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”
– Mark Twain

12:25am: We went to the kitchen and made an iced espresso.
We also refilled our water glass, which we always have on the desk.
DRINK COFFEE! DRINK WATER! Stay awake and stay hydrated.

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Eating / Chinese food
Drinking / Iced Espresso and Water
Practicing / PATIENCE
Mastering / Little Boy, 2 Little Girls & the Big Boy
Learning / TO FLY (Pink Floyd song)
Wearing / sweat shorts (and that’s all because it’s HOT in the SFV)
Cooking / a tasty Breakfast Burrito
Trying / To stay cool… it’s HOT in the SFV!
Playing / With our puppies of course.
Working / In the Home Office & in the Backyard
Traveling / NOT TRAVELING. DO NOT TRAVEL!
Finishing / Nothing.
Reading / Still More Bad News… (but Not “fake news”)
Writing / Blog Posts!
Remembering / Dad, the Babygirls, & Burning Man 2017
Wanting / So Much MORE!

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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

4:45am: And now we are awake again.

“You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”
–  “Time” by Pink Floyd

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
*We watched a bunch of YouTube vids and went back to sleep.*

7:30am: And now we are awake again. We took the dog outside.
We made an iced espresso.
8:00am: We fed the dogs. We took the all the dogs outside again.

And apparently it’s BACK TO SCHOOL DAY. WTF?!!!!!
Hello?
There’s a COVID-19 PANDEMIC! Children under 12 aren’t vaccinated.
Didn’t we have this argument last year? Before the Delta Variant?
About masks and kids and school? The CORONAVIRUS IS SURGING!

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11:10am: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs.
The housekeeper is here cleaning. The roofers are across the street roofing.
The dogs are napping. We are doing the usual. We drank an iced espresso.
We ate some cold leftover Chinese food – the orange peel beef is sweet!

1:50pm: The housekeeper is gone. The dogs went outside.
The dogs are napping in the bedroom right now. It’s HOT out.
We ate some more food and drank another iced espresso.

On The Menu: Leftover Chinese food for lunch.
Kung pao chicken and chicken with stringbeans.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

7:15pm: We took a nap. We woke up.
We got dressed. We went to the bank.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed.
We ordered dinner and then went to pick it up.
We ate dinner and then dessert. We feel fat and happy.

On The Menu: Sushi time! Birthday dinner.
Tuna poké, albacore sashimi, spicy tuna cut roll, Rainbow roll,
eel & avocado cut roll and an iced espresso to drink
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and Ice Cream Cake (chocolate cake with mint chip ice cream)
from Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors for dessert
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8:15pm: We took the dog outside.

9:35pm: We took the dog outside.


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Happy Birthday! Cake!


Friday, August 13, 2021
Happy birthday to us!
Today is Friday the 13th, 2021!

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1:50am: Let’s get this party started!
TODAY IS THE DAY! The actual day.

5:35am: It’s Friday morning. And did we sleep? Yes. A little bit.

7:55am: And we are awake again. We fell asleep around 6:00am.
We woke up. The dogs got fed. We took the dogs outside.
We drank a demitasse cup of espresso.

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12:50pm: We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Why not?

4:00pm: We took a little nap. We woke up.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. We took the dogs outside.

7:30pm: We took the dogs outside again. We ordered a pizza delivery.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
The pizza arrived. We ate dinner. Good Shabbos everyone!

On The Menu: Extra-large pizza with sausage and meatball
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

9:20pm: We woke up and took the dogs outside.
We drank an iced espresso.

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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

11:45pm: Well, we woke up again just in time. It’s almost midnight.
The day is almost over. It’s almost Saturday morning.

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Be Grateful. Be Kind.
“We’re fools whether we dance or not,
so we might as well dance.”

~Japanese Proverb

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Birthday? What birthday? You talkin’ to us? 
Must be talkin’ to us, ’cause there’s no one else here.

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Happy Birthday to Us! Read our Blog Post “Dinner at Melisse”

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CV! Part 187 – The End of July! (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat)

CV! Part 187 – The End of July! (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 -Taking the day off.
National Milk Chocolate Day!

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7:10pm: Nothing happened today.
On The Menu:
Turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch. Sushi for dinner.
Spicy tuna cut roll, California roll, and a rainbow roll

8:35pm: We took a short nap after dinner with the dog.
We woke up and made an iced espresso. And we drank it.
Drink coffee. Drink Water.
Now we are watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on TV.


More athletes and staff tested positive for COVID-19 today.

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9:55pm: We cut up a sweet and juicy watermelon and ate some too.
Watching the Olympics and surfing the interweb tonight.

USA! USA! USA! GO TEAM USA! TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS!
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11:00pm: Wednesday night recap of Wednesday. It was HOT.
The dogs got fed, and they went outside, and they had a great day.
We got dressed and drove the car to the Sushi restaurant and picked up dinner.
And that’s about the most exciting thing that happened here today.
The gardener came. The pool guy came. We slept most of the day away.

There was a pursuit in Fontana this afternoon,
but it was pretty much slow speed and stupid.
In the end the police pulled her out of the car. Suspect in custody.
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And there was another pursuit late last night!
Guy on a moped/mini-bike went for a long ride with the police behind him,
even went the wrong way on the freeway,
until he ended up in Whittier Narrows park where he WIPED OUT
and ended up in the dirt. Suspect in custody.

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Dusty Hill RIP (May 19, 1949 – July 27, 2021)
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.


Remembering the “Neenster” on the sixth anniversary of her final day on this world
which was actually the 25th-26th, so we are a couple days late….
She just sent us a message as a reminder, and she will never be forgotten.
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Janeen Bevan (nee Blythe) – ‘wish you were here’
And may her memory be a blessing! 

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Janeen Bevan RIP


Thursday, July 29, 2021 – the 210th day of the year
International Tiger Day!

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12:20am: We took the dog outside.
We made and ate a “banana split” for a satisfying midnight dessert.

On The Menu: 2 scoops of Haagen-Daaz vanilla ice cream,
a small frozen banana (sliced), chocolate syrup, and whipped cream
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4:02am: We are still awake. The dog is sleeping on the bed.
The other dogs are in the bedroom sleeping. It’s really quiet.
We slept all day and took a nap in the evening.
Our sleep cycle and sleep patterns are truly messed up.
Today is Thursday. “IS THIS A WEEKDAY?”

8:30am: We fell asleep with the dog after 5:00am.
We turned on a podcast, crawled into bed, and fell asleep.
We woke up around 7:15am.


Well, it seems someone was breaking into cars and prowling homes and yards down the street this morning around 4:00am while we were still awake in the Home Office. They never made it down to our end of the block, maybe because they were spooked by the newspaper delivery guy or maybe because the neighbors alerted. So we talked with a detective from the LAPD out in the street this morning. There was a Home Invasion the other night less than a mile away that made the TV news and the Citizen App, and there have been a few others in the mid-valley recently. A lot of local property crime, armed robberies, and violent crimes connected to the “unhoused” that live along Ventura Blvd and in the Sepulveda Reservoir. And organized gangs are back in the valley looking for targets and victims. Crime has been getting a lot worse in the San Fernando Valley recently. We chased a guy out of the driveway when he was trying to steal the Mercedes (that we were about to return the dealer) in November 2020 (read the previous Blog Post). And those guys were pros and probably connected to the construction crew working across the street, because we haven’t had any problems with sketchy characters since they finished, until last night.

There’s been an underground poker game running out of the house on the corner for a couple months, and there was a game the other night. Usually 20-30 nice cars parked on the cross street, and a “doorman” in the driveway, when they are playing at house. And that’s also the corner where the guys were prowling around last night. We live in a very  “crime-free” neighborhood for the most part, so we take notice of strangers and any criminal activity is cause for concern. The violent Home Invasions have a West LA LAPD TASK FORCE working on the investigation, so they were canvasing our street along with the regular West Valley Division detectives. FUCK. One more thing.


The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. Be Vigilant.

9:35am: We just made another iced espresso and then
we left a message for the detective who left his card on our front door.

A Tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska this morning
after an earthquake with a magnitude of ~8.2 occurred off the coast.

11:15am: We took the dogs outside. We got the mail. The housekeeper is here.
And we are chilling’ with the dogs in the Home Office until she is finished.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

3:15pm: Well, we took a nap with the dogs. The housekeeper left.
We took the dogs outside. We made another iced espresso. It’s HOT out.
And it’s Thursday afternoon. We have to keep reminding ourself.

5:40pm: FUCK. FUCK. FUCK. (at 5:00pm again)
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.

Recapping Thursday night.
Chopped chicken salad delivered. Ate half, saved half.
Fell asleep. Woke up. Took the dog outside.

Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9pm
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Friday, July 30, 2021

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BOMBSHELL NEWS! 
Simone Biles, the US Gymnastic Champion, pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics event for mental health reasons (and physical health reasons because a mistake on the uneven bars, vault, or balance beam can be very bad). Most people applauded her decision and it’s now really big media news. Some people didn’t support her decision, and some even made jokes (like Michael Ché) and now they’re the target of American “cancel culture”.
And then US Gymnast Suni Lee won the Gold Medal and became our newest “American Hero”.


12:30am: Time for dinner.
We had leftover salad, so we used it for tacos.
On The Menu: 2 chicken chopped salad tacos
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9:05am: We were up all morning and fell asleep around dawn.
And then we woke up.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We took a shower. We got dressed.

10:30am: We ran a couple errands. We went to our PO Box.
We went to the bank, and we went inside.
We contacted one masked person behind thick acrylic, the teller.
It’s a beautiful day in the SFV and it’s going to be HOT again.
We drove home. We got undressed.
And now we’re wearing our sweat shorts again.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

7:40pm: Recapping Friday. Good Shabbos! It was HOT today.
We ate a little green jello with whipped cream. Then we took a nap.
We slept all afternoon. The dogs got fed and went outside.
We made an iced espresso.

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It’s Friday night again. Another weekend for a week without end.
Seriously, what the F*CK? And how is it the END OF JULY already?
Tempus fugit. Time flies.

8:25pm: And we just played “fetch” with the little boy for a half hour.

On The Menu: Cubano sandwich with garlic chicken, dill pickle, avocado,
carrot and celery sticks, watermelon, and cherries for dinner,
with cran-raspberry-orange juice and an iced espresso to drink.
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Dogs, TV, Tokyo Olympics, the interweb, YouTube vids, and writing Blog Posts
on Friday night to stay busy and entertained in the Home Office.


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Saturday, July 31, 2021 – the last day of July!

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Where were you on this day in 1983?
Grateful Dead at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

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10:11am: One more Saturday morning.
We were awake until after 6:00am this morning.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We ate a quesadilla with avocado and salsa verde.
We woke up at 9:30am. And we need a nap already.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
10:40am: The newspapers and the mail made it inside.
We made an iced espresso and took the dogs outside again.
Now we’re chillin’ with the dogs in the Home Office
and we managed to fall down a Blues Brothers rabbit hole this morning.

“Briefcase Full of Blues” is the debut album by The Blues Brothers.
It was released on November 28, 1978, by Atlantic Records.
It was recorded live on September 9, 1978, at the Universal Amphitheatre
in Los Angeles, when the band opened for comedian Steve Martin.

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THE “Good Ole” BLUES BROTHERS BAND!
Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, Matt “Guitar” Murphy (RIP), Donald “Duck” Dunn (RIP), Willie “Too Big” Hall, Elwood, “Joliet” Jake (RIP), Murphy Dunne, Tom “Bones” Malone, Alan “Mister Fabulous” Rubin (RIP), and “Blue” Lou Marini. With a special shoutout to Paul “the Shiv” Schaffer!

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

3:30pm: We took a nap with the dogs. We woke up.
We took the dogs outside and got a glass of juice.
And we just took the dogs outside again. And it is HOT.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

5:35pm: We took another nap with the dog. And we just woke up.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We ordered a pizza delivery.
On The Menu: Extra-large pizza with sausage and meatball delivered!

9:00pm: And suddenly, we are not stressed anymore.

We drank an iced espresso. We entertained ourself with YouTube vids.
Now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office.

Watching the Bertcast with Bert Kreischer on Youtube:
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And we watched the film “Outlaws” on a Showtime network,
about a violent Australian motorcycle gang named The Copperheads.
AND WHY DID WE WATCH IT? WHY?
We wanted to see how bad it was going to be. And it was bad.
It was gritty and raw, (and really bad and boring too) with some good acting.
It was a lot more real than “Sons of Anarchy” which we enjoyed.
And it was almost “Cinema Verité”, shot like real life,
but really it was just amateur (headache-inducing) camera work.


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DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in Summer of 2021!

Breaking News: The Department of Justice told the IRS
to turn over six years of Trump’s tax returns to Congress!

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BLACKLIVESMATTER!
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Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food!

“Food, glorious food! We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day — Our favorite diet!
Just picture a great big steak — Fried, roasted or stewed!
Oh, food! Wonderful food! Marvelous food! Glorious food!”

NOTE: This is a Blog Post about food. It contains pictures of food. Meat included.
If you are offended by meat, pictures of meat, or pictures of food,
please just scroll on down past this post to the next post. Thank you.

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Toasted Bagel with Lox, Cream Cheese & Persian Cucumber

Time for some HOMECOOKING! Or at least pictures of food cooked at our home.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! We are grateful to be able to dine out and bring food in when we want. We are even more thankful that we have access to and can afford such wonderful food, when so many people in the world are hungry.

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“Please Sir, I want some more.”

“Food, Glorious Food” is a song from the musical “Oliver!” The musical adaption of the Charles Dickens novel “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” the story of a young orphan who runs away to London in search of a better life.

Take just a moment to appreciate the food you eat. Be thankful you aren’t starving.

Enjoy these pictures of some of the good food we have prepared and eaten this summer:

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AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

Surf and Turf! Steaks, spicy garlic and popcorn shrimp, chili with cheese, burritos, hotdogs, sandwiches, quesadillas, ramen, eggs & bacon, fruit and veggies! And of course dessert. More beef! More steak! More meat! “It’s what’s for dinner.” 

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T-Bone Steaks, roasted red potatoes, and steamed broccoli & carrots

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NY Steaks, cheese ravioli & sauce, and steamed broccoli & carrots

And some tasty cheese blintzes with raspberry jam!

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Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Jam

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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Getting BAKED for Festivus! Happy Festivus! (“the festival for the rest of us”)
We shall begin with the Airing of Grievances…

“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
Cooking Spray
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 squares unsweetened baker’s chocolate (shaved, not chipped)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup (semi-sweet) chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

Mix flour, baker’s chocolate, baking soda and salt in medium bowl and set aside.

Mix (cream) the butter and both sugars until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.

Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Add the chocolate chips.
(substitute or add other flavored chips, nuts, M&Ms or other candy pieces if desired)

Roll the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Press the dough down to about an inch thick with space between.

Bake 18 minutes or until they are not glossy. Cool and enjoy! Makes about 2 dozen.

 

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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies with double vanilla ice cream sandwich

Homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies with double vanilla ice cream sandwich!

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Thirty guests for the holiday feast this year! We host our large annual gathering of family, friends and friends of friends. Visitors to our home included folks from faraway places: Finland, France, Scotland, the Czech Republic and West Hollywood.

You can compare this year to last year’s pics (in the previous Blog post), it was another very good year for food. I am truly thankful for this bountiful feast and the family and friends I shared it with. I am truly thankful for many things, including you reading this blog!

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – A Dozen Beautiful Roses! “There’s gonna be a party tonight!”

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Thanksgiving dinner,
Our annual food orgy,
A friendly feast!

Preparations begin early in the week and continue all the way until the meal is served. The party was called for 4:00pm pst on Thursday and we always allow time for our guests to arrive before the dining commences.

The turkeys are thawed and prepared the night before. This year we had two 18 pound organic turkeys, seasoned with a herb & butter rub under the skin. One bird cooks at our house and the other at my sister’s kitchen. She also makes the garlic mashed potato, chocolate bread pudding and fudge. This year her vegetarian friend was visiting so they made the summer squash as well.

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Turkey #1 BEFORE

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Turkey #1 AFTER

Thanksgiving 2015 Dinner Menu:
Two 18 pound organic turkeys, gravy, two kinds of stuffing, garlic mashed potato, corn pudding, yam puree, asparagus, creamed spinach, mixed grilled vegetables, summer squash, fruit compote, cranberry sauce and cornbread muffins.

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving Feast 2015!

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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving Feast 2015!

And there was some wine and other beverages:

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Wine and Finnish chocolate brought by our guests from Finland

Thanksgiving 2015 Dessert Menu:
Pumpkin, pecan and apricot pies (we also had an apple but didn’t bake it); chocolate chip cookies, 2 kinds of fudge, blondies, chocolate bread pudding & fresh whipped cream, Czech cake with marzipan, a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream (someone brought a flourless chocolate cake but we didn’t even put it out) and Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake!

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – the Dessert Table is waiting!

I did a little baking the night before as I mentioned in the previous Blog post:

Thanksgiving 2015 - Baking (the night before)

Thanksgiving 2015 – Baking cornbread muffins & Grandma’s cherry cheesecake (the night before)

2 Dozen Cornbread Muffins and 1 Dozen Mini Cornbread Muffins:

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – A Bowl Full of Cornbread Muffins!

And this year, by request, I baked my Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake:

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake!

It was a great meal! And complete dessert overkill as usual. I had a full plate of tasty food for dinner and then only had a small piece of cheesecake and a couple pieces of fudge for dessert. And a good time and meal was had by all.

We have the whole process down and this year we used plastic (for dinner) and paper (for dessert) plates, so there was less to clean up and we saved some water in exchange for creating some additional trash.

I finished eating, helped with the clearing and clean up, watched the end of the Bears-Packers game and fell asleep. When I woke up, most of the final cleaning was done, the guests were gone and the tables and chairs were put away. So, BIG THANKS go out to my Step-Brother for helping out while I was napping!

It was an okay day for football. Detroit beat Philadelphia and Carolina beat Dallas, but Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers couldn’t finish and lost to Chicago, so I went 2 out of 3 on my picks. Bad news for Cowboy fans because Quarterback Tony Romo was seriously injured in the game and is out for the rest of the season. Sorry Bob.

Thanksgiving 2015 - Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving 2015 – Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Okay, we have “to go” boxes for our guests to take home leftovers from the feast if they are so inclined. I had cranberries with my brunch leftovers, but there wasn’t enough left for dinner the next day… we also sent most of the desserts home with our guests too.

Day After Leftovers for Brunch: turkey, stuffing, garlic mashed potato, cranberry sauce, gravy and cornbread muffins. (repeated for dinner without the cranberry)

Thanksgiving 2015 - Leftovers for Brunch the morning after!

Thanksgiving 2015 – Leftovers for Brunch the morning after!

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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 – Pretty flowers on the dining tables too.

HAPPY JERRY DAY!

HAPPY JERRY DAY 2014!

Happy Jerry Day!

Happy Jerry Day!

Today, August 1st is Jerry Garcia’s Birthday!

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia aka Captain Trips – Late 60’s

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia  August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead as lead guitarist, principal vocalist and one of the songwriter for their entire career (1965–1995). Garcia also played with the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman as the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, the Legion of Mary, the New Riders of the Purple Sage (Garcia co-founded NRPS with John Dawson and David Nelson) and sat in on sessions with other artists (most notably Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’ “Deja Vu” album, he plays the pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children”).

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets! – Free Concert Haight Ashbury 1967

Jerry was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and ranked the Grateful Dead No. 57 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Garcia is “the most recorded guitarist in history. With more than 2,200 Grateful Dead concerts, and 1,000 Jerry Garcia Band concerts captured on tape – as well as numerous studio sessions – there are about 15,000 hours of his guitar work preserved for the ages.”

photo by Baron Wolman 1969

Jerry Garcia – photo by Baron Wolman 1969

The Grateful Dead played at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969 but their set was cut short because of weather, intoxication, and electrical problems. The band cut the set short after the stage amps overloaded during a 38 minute “Turn On Your Love Light”

The Grateful Dead at Woodstock August 16, 1969 from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/gd69-08-16.sbd.cotsman.15205.sbeok.shnf )

While The Grateful Dead did perform and were filmed for the “Woodstock” movie (Jerry can be seen in brief interviews), at the band’s insistence, the footage was never used. The 40thAnniversary version of the film includes a reasonably edited “Turn on Your Lovelight” and “Mama Tried” in bonus material.

The Grateful Dead were also on the bill for the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont on December 6, 1969. the band was there and was scheduled to play between Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Stones but cancelled and didn’t play. They left the speedway after Jefferson Airplane’s guitarist Marty Balin was beaten unconcious by the Hell’s Angels.

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York  July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, New York 1973

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen once held the Guinness World Record for “Largest audience at a pop festival”  when approximately 600,000 rock fans gathered at Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway in New York on July 28, 1973. The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band performed. In 2013, the grounds crew stumbled across a group of abandoned cars from the 1973 Summer Jam concert that had been hiding in the woods for 40 years.

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie from 1977 was directed by Jerry Garcia. The film captures live performances from the band’s October 1974 five-night stand at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and features the massive “Wall of Sound” audio system used in 1974.

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

In September 1978, the Grateful Dead performed three shows at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The band donated all the proceeds to the country’s Department of Antiquities, which preserves Egypt’s ancient wonders. Fans from all over the world traveled to Egypt and for the last show on Sept. 16, they witnessed a total lunar eclipse during the concert.

The Dead recorded all three nights with the intention of putting out a live album, but technical problems ruined the tapes from the first date and much of the second. In 2008, they released “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978” a two-CD/DVD box set of the best performances from the last two nights.

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980

In September-October 1980, the Grateful Dead played three sets during their concert performances, one acoustic followed by two electric sets. The acoustic sets were the first the band had performed since the early ’70s. The tour played 15 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco, 2 shows at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, and 8 shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The following year, songs from the tour were released as two live albums, the all-acoustic Reckoning and the all-electric Dead Set.

Dead Ahead is a concert video by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 30 and October 31, 1980, and released in 1981. An expanded version was released in 2005.

Here’s the full Halloween concert from Radio City 10-31-80 on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYEE5mgEOY

Jerry Garcia in concert - 1985

Jerry Garcia in concert – 1985 by an unknown photographer

Jerry battled heroin addiction in the 80s and again in the 90s, getting busted in Golden Gate park in 1985 and then slipping into a diabetic coma and almost dying in 1986. The coma forced him to relearn how to play the guitar, as well as other, more basic skills.

The song “Touch of Grey” is from the album In the Dark and is known for its refrain “I will get by / I will survive”. The music was composed by Jerry Garcia, the lyrics written by Robert Hunter. It was also released as a music video, the first one by the Grateful Dead. First performed as an encore on September 15, 1982 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, it was finally released on In the Dark in 1987. The song got into the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 9, and reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the only song by the band ever to do so on both charts.

The music video for “Touch of Grey” gained major airplay on MTV and featured a live performance by the band, first as life-size skeleton marionettes, then as themselves live on stage. The video was directed by Gary Gutierrez, who had previously created the animation sequences for The Grateful Dead Movie. The popularity of the single and the music video helped introduce the band to a new group of fans (known as the “in-the-darkheads”), resulting in the band gaining mainstream attention for better and worse.

Also in 1987, the live album Dylan & the Dead was recorded during a successful stadium tour with Bob Dylan. It was released in 1989 with seven songs written and sung by Dylan, accompanied by the Grateful Dead and produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Jerry Garcia - early 90's

Jerry Garcia – early 90’s

Spring 1990:

During the summer of 1990, keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose. Mydland’s death greatly affected Garcia. Before beginning the fall tour, Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby joined he band and drove Garcia to new heights on stage in 1991.

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia in concert 1991

Jerry died of a heart attack in August 1995. Garcia had long struggled with drug addiction, weight problems, sleep apnea, a cigarette habit, and diabetes all of which contributed to his physical decline and death. Half of Garcia’s cremated ashes were scattered in the Ganges River at the holy city of Rishikesh, India, a site sacred to Hindus. And according to Garcia’s last wishes, the other half of his ashes were poured into the San Francisco Bay. Following his death, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead formally decided to disband.

The Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. On February 10, 2007, the band received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. And in 2011, the Dead’s Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University on May 8, 1977 was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

On July 21, 2005, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission renamed the amphitheater in McLaren Park “The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.” The amphitheater is located in the Excelsior District, where Garcia grew up. The first show at the newly renamed amphitheater was Jerry Day August 7, 2005. The dedication ceremony on October 29, 2005 was officiated by mayor Gavin Newsom.

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream introduced in 1987

Some of Jerry’s best moments outside the Grateful Dead, a tribute from the Ben & Jerry’s website: http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/jerry-garcia-tribute

Jerry Garcia Ties

J. Garcia Line of Ties by Jerry

“Jerry Garcia ties are certainly head-turners. These flamboyant and colorful men’s accessories are guaranteed to stand out from even the most mundane business suit, so punch up your business wardrobe with several of these fun silk ties.”

Stay the Course (close up)

Stay the Course (close up) B. Peter

Grateful Dead official website: http://www.dead.net

JerryGarcia.com: http://jerrygarcia.com

Jerry Garcia’s Middle Finger Blog: http://jgmf.blogspot.com

Jerry RIP

Jerry RIP

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Three Great Adventures in Los Angeles near UCLA!

Three great adventures in Los Angeles near UCLA!

“Can you recommend a 5-hour round trip from LA to see the most sites? My husband and I will be visiting our son and his wife at UCLA in October from Alabama. While they are busy during the day, we would like to venture either north or south, preferably on the PCH to see some of California. In addition, we would love to find an interesting boutique or historic hotel to stay in near the UCLA campus.” ~ Nancy M. from Birmingham, Alabama

UCLA is in Westwood. Stay at the W Hotel Los Angeles in Westwood!

Five hours (round trip) is not a lot of time and Los Angeles is a very big place. Here are three great adventures near UCLA:

1. Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Santa Monica Pier Sign at Ocean Blvd

Santa Monica Pier Sign at Ocean Blvd

I recommend you head to Santa Monica (you can take a drive down Wilshire to San Vicente through Brentwood and do some shopping on Montana Avenue). Walk the Third Street Promenade, Palisades Park, and the Santa Monica Pier. Do some shopping at Santa Monica Place and have lunch at one of the many restaurants down by Santa Monica State Beach or head south on Pacific Coast Hwy to Venice Beach. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants there and visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Main Street and Abbot Kinney Blvd. If you have time drive into Marina Del Rey and have a drink at the The Ritz-Carlton.

A Nice Day in Marina del Rey (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A Nice Day in Marina del Rey (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take the 10 freeway or the Marina freeway back to the 405 freeway north, exit Wilshire Blvd east and you’ll be back in Westwood.

*One more quick note: You can also visit the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades-Malibu as a great side trip from Santa Monica. The Getty Villa houses a fantastic collection of ancient Greco-Roman art and sculpture! It’s FREE but you need to make reservations. http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/ ___________________________________________________________________

2. Century City and Beverly Hills

Century Towers - Century City, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Century Towers – Century City, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Park at the Westfield Century City Mall in Century City, CA. There’s lots of shopping (including Bloomingdale’s), restaurants and the AMC Century City 15 movie theater. Take a walk into Century City (follow the people in suits going back to work) and visit the CAA building (aka “The Deathstar”), the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (also a great place to stay), and the Century Towers and Plaza.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel - Century City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel – Century City, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There’s more shopping and even better restaurants there (Craft is Tom Colicchio’s steak place). Be sure to visit the shops underground at the Twin Towers! Century City also has the The Annenberg Space for Photography (FREE!) and a few other art galleries. There are fantastic buildings and lots of hidden things to see if you just walk around during the day. Here’s a link to a list of museums and other info for the area (Westwood-Century City): http://centurycity.patch.com/directory/art-galleries

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Rodeo Drive from the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

You can also drive to Beverly Hills and visit Rodeo Drive, there’s mega-shopping and wide variety of some of LA’s finest restaurants: Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Spago Beverly Hills, Il Pastaio, Il Cielo, Fogo de Chao, Matsuhisa, Lawry’s the Prime Rib, The Farm of Beverly Hills, and many others! in addition to the The W Hotel Los Angeles – Westwood, the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills is a great boutique hotel and they have a wonderful restaurant, where you can dine indoors or outdoors in a poolside cabana at Oliverio at Avalon Beverly Hills restaurant.

Party at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bathtub/Walk-in Shower & view at the InterContinental Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel, the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Montage Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, London West Hollywood Hotel, Mondrian Hotel- Hollywood and Chateau Marmont are a few of the finest luxury hotels in the city.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Each hotel has at least one amazing restaurant and/or bar: 24/7 Diner and the Cactus Lounge/Pool at the Standard, Scarpetta and the Scarpetta Bar (and the hidden whiskey lounge Ten Pound by The Macallan), On Sunset @ Luxe Hotel (amazing Sunday Brunch!), LIVELLO, Culina, Modern Italian @CulinaLA, Tres by José Andrés, Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés, On Rodeo Bistro Lounge, The Rooftop Grill, the Parq Bar, and Cut (Wolfgang Puck’s steak house) to name just a few.

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

On Sunset Restaurant Patio at the LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

You must try Stan’s Donuts and Diddy Riese ice cream in Westwood Village And for a quick and tasty Chinese lunch or takeout try Jin Jiang at Santa Monica and Sepulveda. ___________________________________________________________________

3. The Getty Center

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

405 Freeway and the Getty Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

One more great 5 hour trip from UCLA is a trip to the The Getty Center and it’s FREE! http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/plan/

Getty Center Central Garden (view from museum)

Getty Center Central Garden (view from museum)

From the Getty Center website: “The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture; and Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center….Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds, including 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures installed at the Getty Center, donated by Fran and Ray Stark.” In addition to the absolutely incredible Permanent Collection, they also have changing exhibitions. Here is the exhibition schedule: http://www.getty.edu/visit/exhibitions/

You won’t be able to see everything in five hours!*

So, take your time and explore two of the four art pavilions, walk the gardens and enjoy the amazing view from above.

Panoramic View of West L.A. from the Getty Center

Panoramic View of West L.A. from the Getty Center

There is food available (but it’s not inexpensive), so you might want to bring a picnic lunch from one of the hotel restaurant I mentioned in my previous post, or from Whole Foods Market in Westwood, or if it’s Thursday the Westwood Village Farmer’s Market. There’s also the lovely Bel-Air Bar & Grill on Sepulveda or On Sunset @ Luxe Hotel for fine dining, either before or after. The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is a beautiful property, and I recommend an upstairs room by the pool with a balcony if available.

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“Josh, these suggestions are fantastic—-can’t wait to show them to our kids before they move—-they will love them! I especially appreciate your recommending the Avalon Hotel. We love boutique hotels and this one is very reasonable! We may have to extend the trip and leave the kids behind! Thanks so much!” ~ Nancy M. from Birmingham, Alabama

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Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)